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Inspiring young girls take on tech challenge

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Technovation orientation workshop 2020 held at the Institute of Technology Cambodia. Technovation Cambodia

Technovation, the world’s largest and longest-running tech competition for girls, has noted a significant increase in entries from Cambodia compared with last year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The competition requires teams of young women to identify a problem and create an app to solve it.

Regional ambassador of Technovation Cambodia Pen Voneat said this year they have received 60 submissions, almost double last year’s 34.

“It comes as a surprise that amid the outbreak of a virus we have seen almost double the entries to the competition. We are pleased as the competition aims to inspire more girls to become creators and innovators in the technology sector.”

“With the help of teachers and mentors, we selected the top 22 teams for the national pitch on Sunday,” Ms Voneat said.

“Technovation Cambodia has helped thousands of young girls to find their passion in Technology. Candidates of Technovation are breaking boundaries, by setting up new mobile applications to solve issues society is facing today.”

“Due to COVID-19, all mentees were given 12 weeks of online training. However, I have observed this year with this method of training, mentees have improved their computer literacy,” she said.

Ministry of Education official Seng Sineat, who is in charge of Technovation coordination, said Cambodian girls have shown they are full of potential in technology, business and entrepreneurship.

“I have noticed girls who joined Technovation Cambodia have developed many skills, including social awareness, curiosity and especially bravery,” said Ms Sineat.

“Moreover, they have become a catalyst for change in society, which is what we want the young generation to do,” she added.

She said although not all business ideas work, candidates have identified problems happening in their communities and improvised to come up with a solution.

“Some girls who competed in the Technovation competition are continuing to develop their mobile applications. Others have even found their passion through the process, positively impacting their future and creating the drive to achieve it,” said Ms Sineat.

Technovation Cambodia official announcement said 22 teams will pitch online on Sunday between 8am and 12:30pm. Among all the teams, there are 3 junior teams and 19 senior teams.

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